As Jidenna works to build each new bar of his upcoming album, he shared his outlook on applying creativity to change narratives, circumstances and the status quo. "I think it’s important to not just think about what you want," he said, "but what’s needed in the world."
In Burundi, a country of 10 million people surrounded by Rwanda, Tanzania, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, you can have your phone searched in the street at police checkpoints, or be arrested for your posts on social media, or even prevented from leaving Burundi altogether. All because the country is wedged in a political crisis.
In the United States last week, cellphone videos made sure that Alton Sterling and Philando Castile’s names were heard. In Zimbabwe, WhatsApp and Twitter have kept a civil society leader wearing his nation’s flag around his neck out of a prison cell (for now).